The Misfits (Blu-ray)
It shouts and sings with life ... explodes with love!
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: May 10, 2011
- Originally Released: 1961
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
- DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter & Eli Wallach|
|Performer:||Kevin McCarthy, Dennis Shaw, James Barton, Philip Mitchell & Estelle Winwood|
|Directed by||John Huston|
|Edited by||George Tomasini|
|Screenwriting by||Arthur Miller|
|Composition by||Alex North|
|Art Direction by||Stephen Grimes|
|Produced by||Frank E. Taylor|
|Director of Photography:||Russell Metty|
Rating: 4/5 -- Somehow the flat, arid Nevada landscape mirrors the characters' bleak existence and sets the overall mood of despair and depression. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- Looks even starker and more jarringly isolated today than it did in 1961. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- A gripping and messy ode to the collision of genres, time periods, and personalities.
Little White Lies
Rating: 4/5 -- The faces of Gable, Clift and Monroe together in closeup have a Mount Rushmore look to them. Full Review
Talent, controversy and accident have combined to make The Misfits an unusually interesting film if not an outstandingly good one. Full Review
...That this was the last film of both Monroe and Gable adds an elegiac patina...
Sight and Sound
Rating: B+ -- The meanings of John Huston's disurbing deconstrcution of the the myth of the Old West have changed over the years due to the offscreen lives (and deaths) of the three stars: Gable, Monroe, Clift. Full Review
Sophisticated, but emotionally crippled Roslyn (Marilyn Monroe, giving what many believe to be her strongest performance) has come to Nevada to gain a quick and easy divorce. When her landlady introduces her to aging, broken cowboy Gay Langland (Clark Gable), she finally finds herself with a worthy partner. Meanwhile, Gay and his fellow horsemen Guido and Perce (Eli Wallach and Montgomery Clift) scheme to capture a herd of wild horses. Though megawatt star power and a brilliant script by Arthur Miller failed to turn THE MISFITS into box office success (probably due a legendarily troubled shoot), time and critical reputation treated it very kindly. It was the final film for icons Gable and Monroe.
A down-on-her-luck, divorced woman meets and falls for a disenchanted outcast cowboy who earns his living by capturing wild mustangs. When she witnesses this cruel spectacle, she recoils in horror -- then teams up with a jaded rodeo performer in an attempt to free the horses.
- Last screen appearance for both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, who was married to playwright Arthur Miller during the course of the filming.
- Additional cast: Philip Mitchell; Dennis Shaw (Young Boy), Walter Ramage (Old Groom), Peggy Barton (Young Bride), J. Lewis Smith (Cowboy), Marietta Tree (Susan), Bobby LaSalle (Bartender), Ryall Bowker (Man), and Ralph Roberts (Ambulance Attendant).
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